University of Heidelberg

XXI Heidelberg Physics Graduate Days - Programme

The XXI Heidelberg Physics Graduate Days of the Heidelberg Graduate School of Fundamental Physics and the Department of Physics take place from 29.09. - 02.10.2008. Participants from other universities are very welcome!


Welcome to the Physics Graduate Days. The courses are open for advanced students, in particular those working on their Diploma, Master´s and Ph.D. theses. Our aim is to offer courses that broaden the physics knowledge of our students as well as to teach specialized techniques.

The Graduate Days take place for the 21st time this fall!

The courses are organized as parallel block lectures, with the morning lectures taking place from 9:30 to 12:30 and the afternoon lectures from 14:00 to 17:00, including coffee breaks. There is also a free lunch each day included in your registration. Note that each course runs every day for five days either in a morning or afternoon slot.

In addition to the courses, there is a special lecture on Monday evening, as well as the Hans Jensen lecture, which will take place on Wednesday. On Monday evening, snacks will be provided and on Thursday evening, there is a traditional barbeque, that is also covered with registration. To take part in the XXI Graduate Days, please register yourself here.

The programme, including the room allocation, can now be downloaded here:



Hans Jensen Invited Lecture

on Wednesday, 01.10.2008, at 17:30 (s.t.)
Physikalisches Institut, Philosophenweg 12, Großer Hörsaal

"The "Concordance Model" and the value of the Hubble constant "

Andreas Tammann

(University of Basel).


After the Hans Jensen Invited Lecture, we will have the d-fine barbeque!

Regular Course Programme

Morning Courses (Mo-Th, 9:30 - 12:30)

Jürgen Schaffner-Bielich
(Institute of Theoretical Physics, University of Heidelberg)
Physics of compact stars
Scott Parkins
(University of Auckland, New Zealand)
Theoretical methods in quantum optics
Bernd-Jochen Schaefer
(University of Graz, Austria)
From hadrons to the quark-gluon plasma
Thomas Gasenzer
(Institute of Theoretical Physics, Heidelberg)
Ultracold dynamics far from equilibrium
Lothar Schad
(Faculty of Medicine Mannheim)
Applications of MRI in clinical medicine

Afternoon Courses (Mo-Th, 14:00 - 17:00)

Florian Mintert
(University of Freiburg)
Quantum information and entanglement
Björn Malte Schäfer
(University of Heidelberg)
Evolution of the cosmological large scale structure
Sebastian Wolf
(Institute of Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics, Kiel)
Formation of planets
Ulf Meißner
(Helmholtz Institute, Bonn, and Forschungszentrum Jülich)
An introduction to chiral perturbation theory
(d-fine, Frankfurt)
Scientific Methods for quantifying and managing risk in the financial world

Additional Lecture

On Monday evening at 17:30 (s.t.), we will have an industry lecture, followed by a general welcome party.

Dr. Alexander Weiss and André Schnidrig, from McKinsey & Company

will give a talk on

Nuclear renaissance - myth or substance?